Bertolucci Brazilian Steakhouse recently debuted a traditional "rod?zio" dinner service. If you don't know what that means, well, you're in for a treat. Commonly found in Brazil, rod?zio roughly means "all-you-can-eat"; servers bring skewers of meat to the table throughout the meal, stopping only when you signal that you're done. And who knows when that will be, because it's hard to say no to options that include top sirloin, bacon-wrapped chicken, and tender leg of lamb. The rod?zio service only contributes to what's already a lively atmosphere; owner and chef Humberto Bertolucci can sometimes be heard entertaining diners on a karaoke system.
From its 1978 opening in New York City, Via Brasil Steakhouse has withstood the test of time and critics to bring the churrascaria tradition to diners on both ends of the country. At the stately Las Vegas restaurant, South American traditions come through not only in the more than 18 meats that grace tables but also in the way each one is prepared and served. The special churrascaria cooking traces its origins to southern Brazil's gauchos, who wound down their long days of herding cattle on the Pampas by roasting cuts of beef over crackling fire pits and writing up formal business proposals for opening steak houses in America. Today, chefs continue that tradition by roasting slabs of meat on rotisserie grills, then slicing each one tableside in order to give diners the exact cuts and temperatures they desire.
Inside the restaurant, an opulent surrounding of marble columns and countertops, floral centerpieces, and huge, sunny windows complement smartly dressed servers as they tote skewers to tables and carve off tender morsels of top sirloin, leg of lamb, and salmon. Selections from 16 side dishes garnish each savory cut of meat with exotic ingredients such as hearts of palm and yucca fries, and a salad bar urges diners to help themselves to more than 30 unique recipes. To complement the feasts, an ample wine cellar and a resident sommelier help diners bring out the rich flavors of each dish with expert advice on the dozens of bottles from around the world.
For traditional Brazilian cooking, try Texas de Brazil.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu as well.
The bar at Texas de Brazil is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Texas de Brazil.
Big family? Tons of friends? Bring 'em all to Texas de Brazil — the restaurant has an awesome layout for large parties and groups.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Free parking is available right next door.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Modeled after old-fashioned, gaucho-style spit-roasts, Pampas Brazilian Grille sates hungers with premium flame-spun meats, seafood, and veggies. At each table, Pampas's gauchos carve helpings of barbecued pork, Brazilian sausage, brontosaur femur, and other proteins for partakers of the meat rodizio. The servers add fresh seafood of the day for the surf and turf rodizio, or avoid animal products altogether in the veggie version. The large, open dining room has a soft-lit ambiance that proves ideal for all manner of social mealtime rendezvous or dinner dates with imaginary friends. Pampas also lords over a deep vault of wines wrangled from around the globe, ready to grace glasses with flavorful pours and appealing hues.
Hovering just inches from the hot embers of mesquite coals, herb-marinated meats at Yolie's Brazilian Steakhouse are prepared with a deft hand and an eye for tradition. While some diners opt for entrees of filet mignon or seafood pasta, many of Yolie's guests opt for the Rodizio-style dining option. This classic Brazilian style of service means that servers deliver continuous, all-you-can-eat cuts of tender meats such as top sirloin, tri-tip, leg of lamb, bacon-wrapped turkey, and house-made sausage. Rodizio diners kick things off with a salad or black bean soup. Then, they savor sides of polenta, potatoes, and vegetables as skewer-brandishing staffers weave through the spacious, cozily-decorated dining room. Using magic t-bones as divining rods, servers detect exposed plate surfaces, and in a flash, they're tableside, slicing off a few more helpings.
Bored with the same-old, same-old restaurant experience? Fogo de Chao is exactly the place for you! The Brazilian steakhouse experience is unlike anything else, and Fogo de Chao has been bringing an authentic version to Las Vegas since 1979. At Fogo de Chao, you receive a disc that serves as a signal to the gaucho chefs: when the disc is flipped the green side, it indicates that you're ready to order, and the chefs arrive with one of 16 delicious cuts of meat and slice it right at your table. When you're all full, you can flip the disc to the red side to signal that you're all set. Visit the website to explore all the various cuts of meat, and rest assured, omnivores--there are salads and non-meaty sides galore. Fogo de Chao is truly an out-of-the-ordinary culinary experience, so don't miss it!